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Stephen Chan

Stephen Chan

Professor of World Politics, SOAS, University of London

Stephen Chan was awarded an OBE for "services to Africa and higher education" in the summer of 2010, alongside receiving the 2010 Eminent Scholar in Global Development award of the International Studies Association.

Professor Chan has published 27 books on international relations and more than 200 articles and reviews in the academic and specialist press, as well as over 100 journalistic feature articles. His books include Robert Mugabe: A Life of Power and Violence, Kaunda and Southern Africa: Image and Reality in Foreign Policy, and Citizen of Africa: Conversations with Morgan Tsvangirai. His most recent work is The End of Certainty: Towards a New Internationalism.

He participated in the transition to independence of Zimbabwe, the reconstruction of Uganda after the fall of Idi Amin, and also advised and trained government ministries in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Kenya. He established a consortium that trained the Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately before and after independence in 1993. He was also part of a consortium that trained the parliamentarians and ministers of post-Dergue Ethiopia from 1998-9. From 2006-7 he was a member of the Africa-China-US Trilateral Dialogue, an effort to establish a common set of principles to help govern the emerging trade wars involving the three continents.

Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to confront South Africa's bleak future

Dec 20, 2017 17:29 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Among all the remarkable turns in African politics this year, one of the most momentous was Decembers ANC party congress in South Africa, where the party chose a new president: Cyril Ramaphosa, who narrowly bested...

Global Geopolitics Series

Western leaders take their eyes off Africa at just the wrong moment

Jun 01, 2017 12:42 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Almost none of the Western worlds leaders have paid much attention to Africa in recent months. One exception was Frances newly-elected president, Emmanuel Macron, who visited Mali shortly after his inauguration. His trip...

Jacob Zuma's brazen venality may be exhausting even his ANC allies

Apr 03, 2017 13:08 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

After months of trying, South Africas President Zuma has at last decisively fired his finance minister, Pravin Gordhan. The move was met with huge disquiet within the ANC, and a predictably sharp drop in the value of the...

From Gabon to Zimbabwe, African presidents are under siege

Sep 03, 2016 10:05 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics Economy

Its sometimes democracy as we know it albeit with twists and turns but there is certainly a new appetite for political pluralism developing in Africa. This sometimes leads not only to change, but to deep division. In...

Zimbabwe's finance minister makes a doomed pitch to London's big businesses

Jul 05, 2016 18:03 pm UTC| Insights & Views Business

As British politics descended into a post-EU referendum melee of opportunism, betrayal, resignations, and votes of no confidence, the UK was in no position to lecture others on good governance. Fitting then, perhaps, that...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries remain resilient ahead of Trump-Putin Summit, June retail sales

The U.S. Treasuries remained resilient on Monday as investors wait to watch the summit between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, scheduled to be held later today. Also, the countrys retail...

FxWirePro: German bund prices to remain weak on improving risk appetite; eyes on Eurozone’s June CPI, Trump-Putin Summit

The German bund prices are expected to remain weak for a short period, following the improvement in investors risk appetite as the U.S.-China trade tensions started to ease, after a lengthy period of uncertainties and...

China Q2 GDP cheers market participants, industrial production falls in June

Chinas gross domestic product (GDP) for the second quarter of this year cheered market participants while industrial production fell during the month of June. Underlying growth seems to be weakening after a strong...

New Zealand bonds jump at close ahead of Q2 CPI, GlobalDairyTrade price auction

New Zealand bonds closed higher Monday as investors wait to watch the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) for the second quarter of this year, scheduled to be released today by 22:45GMT. Focus will also remain on the...

Gold prices seen sliding to USD1,300/oz by end-2018, says OCBC Research

Bullion prices are seen sliding to USD1,300/oz by the end of this year, according to a forecast by OCBC Research. While a firmer dollar story into Q3 2018 could potentially keep gold bulls at bay, some unwinding of dollar...

Politics

Poland's judicial purge another step toward authoritarian democracy

Since the elections of 2015, Poland has been ruled by the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, or PiS), a far-right nationalist group that has transformed the country beyond recognition. Poland had once been...

Arrest and release of Somaliland poet puts spotlight on regional troubles

Poets, writers and bloggers have recently been on the receiving end of political crackdowns in the self-declared independent state of Somaliland. Surges often occur around elections, and most recently due to assertive...

The Murri Book Club and the politics of reading for Indigenous Australians

Although the 2018 Closing the Gap report on Indigenous disadvantage highlighted the importance of literacy for Indigenous Australians, progress remains slow. But, while reading is widely considered an unmitigated good and...

Mexico's election was a victory for democracy itself

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, has won a landslide victory in Mexicos presidential elections. He now stands poised to form the countrys first left-wing government for generations, and...

Nationalism and piety dominate Turkey's election

Turkey goes to the polls to vote for president and parliament on Sunday. As a scholar of the history and politics of the Middle East, I believe the most striking feature of the campaign is the ideological uniformity...

Science

Discovering dopamine's role in the brain: Arvid Carlsson's important legacy

Arvid Carlsson, the Swedish neuroscientist and Nobel laureate, died on June 29, 2018 at the age of 95. He had devoted his life to understanding how the brain works and was awarded the Nobel for his research into dopamine ...

How Novichok is different from radioactive poisons – and what this means for decontamination

A man and a woman were found unconscious in Wiltshire, England, on July, after having been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. This is the same substance that was used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and...

We need a bank of DNA from dirt and water to protect Australia's environment

Measuring biodiversity used to mean laboriously collecting samples and manually identifying the plants, animals and fungi. This might involve careful inspection under a microscope to spot identifying features. This takes a...

Real, Live Mad Scientists Send Electric Shocks to People's Brains to Make Them Less Violent

For centuries, the fearful image that the common folk has had of innovators is the Mad Scientist persona. Surrounded by all kinds of strange contraptions, these scientists would experiment on live subjects with abandon....

Bacteria Could Be the Key To Breathing on Mars, Study Says

The atmosphere on Mars is so thin that humans wont be able to breathe on the red planet unless they are wearing space suits. With plans to colonize it, wearing the bulky apparel would pose a considerable level of...

Technology

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Explorer Edition Specs: First Look at Smartwatch with Transparent Band

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Explorer Edition has been previewed in several teaser images that show off its transparent smartwatch band. This might also be a clue that the wearable device is launching soon. On Sunday,...

Google Pixel 3 Release Date, Specs, Features Update: Rumors and How It Will Trump Its Competitors

Samsung already unveiled the Galaxy S9 last February and other competitors, such as the OnePlus 6, have just announced and released their latest flagship models just prior to summer. The Google Pixel 3 is rumored to be...

Ripple Discusses Issue Concerning xRapid Product; Release Slated for Later This Year

Asheesh Birla, Ripples senior vice president of product, recently discussed in an Ask Me Anything session the issues concerning its xRapid product. This product offers users demand liquidity and increased payment...

Bitcoin’s Value Projected to Increase As BlackRock Changes Its Stance Regarding the Cryptocurrency

Bitcoins value could increase in the coming days as the worlds biggest asset management firm, BlackRock, changed its tune regarding the cryptocurrency. Last year, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said that Bitcoin was only...

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Release Date, Features: Multiplayer Getting the 'GTA' Treatment?

Red Dead Redemption 2, the upcoming western-flavored prequel to Rockstar Games title that was released back in 2010, is finally set to release on Oct. 26. The games release was already twice delayed prior, with one of Red...
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